Scored for: Soprano soloist, SATB & Jazz trio (sax*)/ (Full band*) /(Strings*)
Duration: 40 mins
Other Info: Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd's wife, soprano Bethany Halliday. Since that time then work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire. Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the latin mass text for soprano soloist and SATB chorus and has various scoring options.
Performance Info: Mass in Blue can be performed with jazz trio with optional saxophone, or in a twelve-piece Big Band Version or an Orchestral String Version with jazz trio.
The Mass in Blue Vocal Score and Jazz Trio Version is published by Oxford University Press. A Mass in Blue backing track is also available from Oxford University Press.
Full scores and ensemble parts for the Full Band Version and Orchestral Strings Version are available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP. The OUP Vocal Score of Mass in Blue is compatible with all scorings.
Jazz Trio Version:
Trio version: Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass - upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Obbligato Soprano / Alto Sax (optional)
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
Mass in Blue is recorded on the Signum Classics label
Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks
Available to choirs preparing for their forthcoming performance of Mass in Blue.
Mass in Blue Instrumental Backing Track
An instrumental backing track of the Mass in Blue performed by the Will Todd Trio is also available for rehearsal purposes.
"I have been conducting concerts for nearly fifty years and I can't remember such an enthusiastic response from a choir or audience.' George Jones, conductor, Billingshurst Choral Society
”Others have done similar things: notably Tippett in his oratorio A Child of Our Time and Bernstein's liberal use of jazz/blues idioms. But Todd is sufficiently his own man to do it his way.” Thomas Hall/ The Journal, Newcastle/ 2004
If you would like to enquire about Will Todd, a Mass in Blue soprano soloist, the Will Todd Trio or the Will Todd Ensemble being part of your Mass in Blue performance or if you are interested hosting a Will Todd workshop or singing day to prepare for your choir's forthcoming performance please contact us.
Available to purchase from good music shops. Mass in Blue is published by Oxford University Press with the Full Band Version and Orchestral Strings Version available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP